Hull MPs Want Page 3 Banned But the Official Brochure Says Poppy Morgan Is Part Of The City Culture
Marketing manager Nicola Baker explains: “The Culture Guide has proven to be enormously popular with cultural organisations and the public. It has also been an excellent form of promotion of the Hull City of Culture bid and was used extensively as a backdrop on the day when Hull was announced as the winner, being featured on national and international media reports.
“A large number of groups and individuals contributed suggestions of people, places and events for inclusion. Poppy Morgan is an acclaimed actress – albeit in the adult film industry. She won Best Female Actress of the Year at the 2006 UK Adult Film and Television Awards in London. This guide is clearly not about condoning porn but it is about celebrating Hull’s diversity of culture and entertainment.”
Fair enough. But if porn and Hull are a good fit, why did Hull North MP Diana Johnson and Karl Turner, Labour MP for Hull East, sign this letter calling for the end of the Sun and Star’s Page 3?
Dear David Dinsmore,
We write to lend our support to the No More Page 3 Campaign. As MPs our role is to serve the people, and we cannot remain silent in the presence of a page that limits and misrepresents over half the population.
The largest female image in our most widely-read newspaper is of a semi-naked young woman. She is there purely for the sexual gratification of men. This is unacceptable.
We want to live in a society where the most widely-read newspaper is one that respects women. Instead, The Sun publishes Page 3, which reduces women to objects. It reduces men to objectifiers. And it reduces this country to one that upholds 1970s sexist values. We’re better than this.
Please remove these damaging pictures from your newspaper.
Diana made to mention of Poppy, star of Tiny T*t School Girls, in her praise of Hull’s culture. But she did call for a clampdown on sex in the high street:
The sex industry is responsible for a great deal of human trafficking – the modern incarnation of slavery that many thought had been abolished 200 years ago after the long campaign by Hull’s William Wilberforce…
I will be interested to see whether the Government intends to strengthen the licensing regime on sexual entertainment as part of these plans.
Such changes will be a real step forward for all those wanting to reclaim their communities from the sex trade.
Can’t hide filth Diana, not when it’s in your city’s brochure…